10 Romantic Getaways Every Woman Needs to Take With Bae
With Tinder and online dating, it may seem like good, old-fashioned romance is long gone. But you can still celebrate being in love with your bae by booking a dreamy getaway within a realistic budget. Millennial travel designer and expert Virgi Schiffino of Lux Voyage, a vacation-planning company, shares 10 of her favorite romantic getaway ideas.
1 Tulum, Mexico
Best for: Boho baes
Tulum, nestled among Mayan ruins, is located on the Caribbean Ocean and happens to be a short flight from most major cities in the U.S. “This colorful, rustic destination is dotted with small, independently-owned hotels and shops, making it a great escape for couples who don’t want the traditional all-inclusive resorts,” says Schiffino. “Tulum makes it a point to be off-the-grid, with many hotels being electricity-free, so have an excuse not to be on your phone. But there’s still plenty to do like snorkeling and visiting the Mayan ruins.” Book a room at Mezzanine, whose sleek white and wood designed rooms boast unobstructed ocean views.
2 Barahona, Dominican Republic
Best for: Nature lovers
“The Dominican Republic is not just the more popular city of Punta Cana,” says Schiffino, adding that travelers who prefer a more intimate and off-the-beaten-path experience should check out this eco-driven city. You’ll find cloud forests, hiking, bird-watching, zip-lining, and day trips to an uninhabited beach called Bahia de las Aguilas or Bay Of Eagles. Kick back at the Daymond Blue Tropical Lodge, which is near the beach and won't break the bank.
3 Marrakech, Morocco
Best for: Culture cravers
If you want to spice up your relationship, there’s no better place than Marrakech. “There is something sexy, sultry, and mysterious about this place,” says Schiffino. “Perhaps it’s the many hidden gardens, the dimly-lit interiors, or the unmarked doors in the maze of the medina that open up to awe-inspiring spaces of rich colors, textures and exotic designs.” You can spend days taking in the architecture, history, and food — or book a hot balloon ride over the palm groves. While Marrakech is home to some of the world’s most beautiful hotels the city is also dotted with cozy riads (traditional Moroccan homes with interior gardens) like El Fenn, which is hidden on a small side street near the Jemaa el Fna and is like a sexy labyrinth of nooks, rooms, and pools.
4 Cartegena, Colombia
Best for: History buffs
Colombia is in the midst of a new era in its history that makes this often overlooked gem a perfect location for adventurous couples. “More than just Caribbean Sea views, Cartagena is a destination steeped in colonial history, where palaces and churches from the 1600s remain well-preserved,” says Schiffino. “Many cool hotels, art galleries, and shops have opened up in recent years, making it perfect for couples who love cultural exploring.” Casa Pestagua is the perfect place to retire after a day of wandering. The property, which many locals call “the most beautiful house in Cartagena,” was once colonial palace and has a modern, luxe spa offering pepper, chocolate, and wine-inspired treatments.
5 Arches National Park, Utah
Best for: Camping couples
Sometimes, it’s all about the simple pleasures, and adventurous couples who love the outdoors should check out some of the U.S.’s national parks — they’re beautiful and cost-effective. “The rugged red rocks of the Moab desert are naturally romantic and the perfect place to grab those simple, quiet moments together,” says Schiffino. For a magical overnight, check out Under the Canvas, which offers stylish tents for a unique glamping experience in several national parks including Moab, Yellowstone, Zion, Glacier, and Grand Canyon.
6 Point Reyes, California
Best for: Foodies
“Those in the know will head over to this small seashore town north of San Francisco to enjoy the spectacular food scene,” says Schiffino. “Spend the day walking along the dramatic rocky coastline, sandy beaches and bucolic farmlands. But make sure to visit the Heidrun Meaderyand Cowgirl Creamery beforehand to pack a picnic basket to have lunch overlooking the dramatic lighthouse. Book a night at nearby Nick’s Cove, which has a seasonal and sustainable restaurant serving up seafood straight out of local waters, and has 12 cottages with Tomales Bay views.
7 Khanom, Thailand
Best for: Seclusion seekers
Thailand might seem like a pricey getaway given how far away it is, but it’s actually one of the more budget-friendly (and romantic) destinations. “Khanom, about an hour from Koh Samui Island, is a tiny, quiet town with lush, breathtaking scenery,” says Schiffino. Aava Resort and Spa is an ideal choice for those wanting a secluded exotic experience. The resort has a fantastic wellness-oriented program to suit both the active couple, with things like Thai boxing; or the detoxing pair, with meditation or yoga. And whether you want to lounge on a beach in the middle of paradise or go on an elephant safari, your desires will be readily indulged.
8 Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Best for: Wine lovers
Jetting off to a vineyard and sipping wine all weekend are what romance movies are made of, but they also can come with big price tags. “Instead of heading to California or France, book a trip to Okanagan Valley in Canada, where they have a prominent and largely undiscovered wine region with more sunny days than Napa Valley,” says Schiffino. Check out architecturally stunning vineyards like Mission Hill Family Estate where you can take a tour, partake in a wine-tasting, and dine at their restaurant before retiring at Hotel Eldorado Kelowna, whose rooms have views of Okanagan Lake.
9 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Best for: Beach bums
Miami and Palm Beach are typical Florida destinations, but Ponte Vedra, located near Jacksonville, is an underrated gem. “It has perfect weather year-round, sprawling beachfronts, and less crowds than bigger cities like Miami,” says Schiffino. “So you can jet off at a moment’s notice for a beachy getaway and not shell out a ton of cash.” Stay at The Lodge & Club, perched right on the Atlantic Ocean, and catch the sunset by their outdoor firepit.
Best for: Adventure seekers
Just two hours from Miami is a world packed with adventure. “With world-class diving and snorkeling, ziplining in the jungle, and impressive Mayan ruins to explore, Belize is a paradise of activity,” says Schiffino. “To wind down after busy day, consider staying on one of the private islands or cays that dot the mainland.” Thatch Caye Resort, in particular, is an all-inclusive private island hotel located along the Belize Barrier Reef, where some of the cabañas are built partly over the water.